Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Thousands in Morocco demonstrated on Sunday against insufficient reforms

Casablanca, Sunday 3 July. (Reuters)

Thousands have demonstrated on Sunday in the biggest Moroccan cities to demand reforms of the constitution, that went far beyond the ones that according to official Morocccan sources had been approved with 98,5% in a referendum on Friday. 
Big rallies were held in Casablanca, Rabat and Tanger after calls by the 20 February Movement, which is an important source of the protest demonstrations that have been held in the country since the beginning of the year. Also the islamist movement Al-Adl wal Ihsan (Justice and Charity), which is officially forbidden but de facto tolerated, took part. Slogans that were carried in the rally demanded 'dignity, freedom and social justice', also the slogan ''We don't give up' (ma mefakinsh), could be read.
The 20 February Movement considers that the reforms which have been approved in the referendum don't go far enough. In the new constitution the prime minister gets slightly more power than before, the king however does not give up any part of his psoition as absolute monarch and religious leader. The 20 February Movement wants a constitutional monarchy following the Spanish model. It also demands more social justice and an end to corruption. The movement consists of young people belonging to different political trends, leftists as well as islamists and Facebook and blog activists     

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